Radio Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of radio operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of radio operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The radio operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Radio Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,740
25th Percentile Wage
$31,690
50th Percentile Wage
$46,250
75th Percentile Wage
$59,850
90th Percentile Wage
$73,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for radio operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) radio operators is $73,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,740. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 274% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of radio operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,250-8.19%9.02%
201550,0407.31%-
201446,3803.79%-
201344,6205.69%-
201242,080--

Table 2. Radio Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of radio operators in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for radio operators occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $50,220. The lowest paying sector is the mining sector (annual salary $35,040).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,220
Information
$36,900
Mining
$35,040

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Radio Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only radio operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of radio operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,790 to $57,230. The highest paying state for radio operators is Michigan with a median annual salary of $57,230. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,790. For more salary information of radio operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Michigan
$57,230
District of Columbia
$55,520
Minnesota
$51,600
California
$47,470
Massachusetts
$46,160
Ohio
$37,510
West Virginia
$33,540
Puerto Rico
$17,790


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